Doug, you are, or were the last time you mentioned it, in the Vancouver, BC area. So am I. Do you not see and hear all sorts of ads for [somebusiness].ca and [someorg].ca, et cetera? I'd say I hear and see more of that on a daily basis than I do canadian businesses, orgs, etc using .com or .net (though they may have defensively registered those too), and this despite the lowest price .ca domain name registration being about twice that of .com and .net.|
Many other countries are similar, ccTLD registrations are far outpacing .com and .net (and the other gTLDs). Meanwhile Verisign is further shooting itself in the foot by proposing WLS which will take internet users to sites they didn't expect, eg: pr0n (and even if WLS doesn't go through there will be others offering a similar service, many already do). .com and .net are increasingly full of drek, becoming the equivalent of 'If you want spam, sign up with AOL'. The current lawsuits probably won't do any involved party's reputation any good either, and unless they settle they'll go on for years.
The ccTLDs would be foolish to hitch themselves to this mess (which most of them never really have), ditto for the RIRs. How long would it take to duplicate the infrastructure and tell the US to keep its ICANN? -g